May 23, 2014
BAHAMAS - Pittsburgh Panther Carvin Nkanata, referred to as the “U.S Sprinting Sensation” by Kenyan reports, has earned a coveted spot in the Men’s 4x200 meter relay set to run at the IAAF World Relay Championship held this weekend in the Bahamas. Nkanata was chosen to anchor the 4x200 meter relay over Kenya’s silver medalist Boniface Khagai.
“I feel honored to represent Kenya in my first major international competition,” Nkanata expressed. “I’m ready to run fast and perform to the best of my ability.”
Nkanata boasts an impressive resume, coming off a bronze medal in the 200 meter sprint (20.52) at the Indoor NCAA Championships held this March. He also set a personal record in the Outdoor 200 meter (20.17) earlier this spring.
The IAAF World Relay Championship will be used as a qualifying meet for the World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games, held in Brazil. Team Kenya hopes to strengthen their depth in the sprints with the addition of Nkanata, and take steps in preparation for the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games.
Nkanata has a busy schedule ahead of him aside from running in the World Relay’s this weekend. He will also compete in the NCAA East Regional Championships in Jacksonville, Florida starting May 29th, and then travel to Eugene Oregon in June for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.